Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim’s resort collection for Oscar de la Renta was very “mother-of-the-bride”. It is safe to say that the royal wedding inspired by this theme.
According to a 2018 Vogue report, back in January, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia received a call from Meghan Markle about a wedding day look for her mother Doria Ragland. “She knew she wanted a pistachio or melon look for her mom,” Garcia remembered. The house of Oscar de la Renta has surely dressed many mothers-of-the-bride over the decades, Hillary Clinton included, but royal weddings are another thing entirely.
Garcia said after the May 19th show, referring to the ODLR ensemble Doria Ragland wore to her daughter’s, the Duchess of Sussex, nuptials last weekend. He noted that the request to dress the most watched mother-of-the-bride in recent memory and the bridal registry china inspiration were a happy coincidence, so the designers went with it, according to a 2018 Women’s Wear Daily report.
Every piece in the collection would be perfect for every event on a wedding weekend itinerary such as the rehearsal dinner, reception, and bridesmaids’ dresses.
The show opened with a series of ivory and pastel stretch wool dresses that were minimal in shape with hemlines cut like architectural petals. There were slouchy pastel suits, toile du jouy printed cotton dresses, novelty knit sweaters, tweed jackets worn with big matching shorts and gowns in floral embroidered tulle, guipure and organza according to a 2018 Womens Wear Daily report.
Backstage they pointed out another novelty: the abundance of soft dresses. “We haven’t done a lot of them so far, but girls want softer clothes,” Kim said to Vogue in a 2018 report.